Municipal meetings

All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 21 the selectmen are holding a planning meeting at 9 a.m.

Also Saturday at 9 a.m., the harbor committee meets at the Lincolnville Improvement Association.

The selectmen hold their regular meeting Monday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

A special town meeting to vote on the school budget will be held Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

The lakes & ponds committee meets Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Also Wednesday at 7 p.m., the planning board meets.

Fire station dedication

Saturday, May 21 the firemen will be dedicating the new fire station, 11 a.m. at the new building on Camden Road/Route 52.

School budget vote

Note that next year’s school budget will be voted on at a special town meeting next Tuesday, the 24th, 7 p.m. at Walsh Common at the school.

School

The Camden Hills Regional High School Class of 2015, aka the Lincolnville Central School eighth-grade class of 2011, begins their high school experience at Step-Up Night May 24 at the high school. Students and parents from the five town district will share a potluck dinner and then students will tour the school with their homeroom groups. Parents and students will be introduced to all the clubs and organizations available at Camden Hills.

Oldtimers luncheon

This spring’s Oldtimers’ Luncheon at the Lobster Pound will be held Monday, May 23. Lunch starts at noon, but Oldtimer veterans know to arrive closer to 11:30 a.m. to get a good table. Contact Ruth Felton, 763-3585 or Peg Miller, 763-3381 if you’d like to come but didn’t get an invitation in the mail.

More About Shadblow

Here’s some more trivia about shadblow, the pretty white-blooming trees/shrubs we see all over town these weeks. It’s known as Serviceberry because when it bloomed the roads were dry enough and the ground thawed enough for the minister to come and bury the people who’d died during the winter. People more interested in fishing than burying the dead called it shadblow because its blooming marked the the first run of shad up the rivers. Some call it Juneberry for the berries that develop in June and are eaten by black bears and birds. I first heard of it as “wild pear”, the name my old friend, Myra Polan called it.

Another plant-of-many-names

Whether you call it goutweed, Bishop’s weed, ground elder, snow-on-the-mountain, herb gerard, or, more likely, something completely unprintable, it’s the nastiest, most invasive weed most of us will ever encounter. If you’re not sure what it is, look along almost any roadside in town — that brilliant green, approximately 8-inch tall plant with pointed leaves covers vast areas of land in Lincolnville. I planted it here years ago when a friend gave me a slip of the variegated variety. Within a year or two that little start had reverted to the more vigorous all green variety and took off. I find it in almost all my flower beds and ruthlessly root it out on hands and knees every spring. If you don’t have it yet, be vigilant! I’ve heard of gardeners who sold their properties when invaded by The Weed….